COOK, Frederick A. To the Top of the Continent. Discovery, Exploration and Adventure in Sub-arctic Alaska. The First Ascent of Mt. McKinley, 1903-1906 ... Illustrated from photographs by the author. London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1908.
8vo. Original olive green buckram, spine lettered in gilt, gilt-framed and mounted illustration of the peak on front cover, top edge gilt; pp. xxi, , 321, colour-printed frontispiece, 23 leaves of plates with numerous, mainly photographic illustrations, including one double-page map, several illustrations, maps and charts in the text; spine a little sunned, apart from light offsetting from fly-leaves and frontispiece, a clean and fresh copy, with some gatherings still unopened.
A beautiful copy of the scarce first UK edition, first issue. Cook's account of relentless exploration of Alaska, with his fraudulent claim of the first ascent of the mountain. The location of the photo proving the mountaineering success is now known as Fake Peak. Cook moved swiftly on to 'conquer' the North Pole. Despite that little flaw, a good book of Alaskan exploration, with appendices on the possible economic development of the state, concerning mining and railway transport.